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May 20, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

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Local rum

  Lord Byron Distillery is located right in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate, making it super-easy to visit the...

First residents move in to Wollongbar housing pods

The first residents displaced by the flooding disaster have now received the keys to their temporary housing pods at Wollongbar, Ballina Council says.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Insights from the campaign trail

The election is almost here. Hooray. It’s time we got down with Elvis Presley’s suggestion of ‘A little less conversation, a little more action, please.’ I’m a big fan of action. I’ve been at this for 14 months, and as a writer who holds the ear of the community each week I’ve been cognizant not to turn this into a hostage situation. For twenty years I’ve talked about politics and social issues and shared insights into my personal experiences, but this is one journey where I’ve had to keep you locked out. 

Everyone reads The Echo

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Implement reforms

In a recent heart-breaking article in The Saturday Paper discussed a 10-year-old Indigenous child’s incarceration in the notorious Don...

All smiles at Ballina pre-poll

People were queued out the door at the pre-poll booth in Ballina Indoor Sports Centre yesterday, with brightly dressed volunteers and AEC officials offering assistance to voters.

Discover Ballina

With easy parking and river breezes, Ballina is the perfect combination of convenience and ease as a destination for shopping and services that are not available within the Byron Shire.

Ballina is centred on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River. It is a playground for beach lovers, surfers, boaties, anglers and eco-adventurers. It is also just a hop, skip, and jump, or more to the point a 15-minute drive down the freeway from the Byron Shire.


The Point Bar and Restaurant

1. Absolute Waterfront

With an atmosphere that will take your breath away, The Point Bar and Restaurant on the Richmond River is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days. Conference and wedding packages available.
www.thepointballina.com.au
6618 1188


Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina Byron

2. Ramada

Stylish riverside accommodation, featuring hotel spa rooms, 1 to 2 bedroom suites or penthouses with outdoor heated pool, gym and conference facilities.
www.ramadaballinabyron.com.au
1800 826 181


Wallace and Co

3. Wallace and Co

Casual and formal clothing for men.
Stylish footwear for men and women.
Wallace and Co since 1895.
www.wallaces.com.au
02 6686 2081


Book Warehouse Ballina

4. Book Warehouse

The Book Warehouse celebrates one year at 165 River Street, Ballina this February.
Drop in for all your reading needs and gift ideas or phone 6686 0917.


Summerland Garden Centre

5. Summerland Garden Centre

Rare and collectable plants as well as popular varieties. The largest range of glazed, terracotta and stone pots in the area.
Friendly staff, offering great service and advice.
www.summerlandgc.com.au


Ballina Beach Village

6. Ballina Beach Village

The perfect weekend getaway – South Ballina’s favourite holiday park! Under new management; refurbished cabins, huge camping sites, pet friendly (with fully enclosed off-lead dog area), and onsite licensed cafe.
www.ballinabeachvillage.com.au


Lighthouse Beach Cafe

7. Lighthouse Beach Cafe

‘A lovely place for an outing with friends and family’ – Trip Advisor
Magical views and great food including GF and vegetarian choices.
Functions and weddings are a speciality.
www.lighthousebeachcafe.com.au
6686 4380


Carpet One

8. Carpet One

Great range, expert advice, professional installation. Residential and commercial. Tough flooring that stands up to the rigours of day-to-day living.
www.carpetone.com.au/ballina
6686 3855


Play Forever Toys

9. Play Forever Toys

A toy store that understands a child’s need for meaningful play.
Offering educational toys and games that encourage joy and learning through play.
Insta: @playforevertoys


Ballina Fair Shopping Centre

10. Ballina Fair – Your Local

Enjoy the convenience of having it all on your doorstep with over fifty-five specialty retailers.
From food to fashion, shop in air-conditioned comfort with easy parking.
www.ballinafair.com.au


Northern Rivers Community Gallery

11. NRCG – Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Connecting artists, makers, and audiences with creative opportunity.
Home to the popular Gallery Cafe.
Penny Bennet artist floor talk Sat Feb 9, 11am.
www.nrcgballina.com.au
6681 6167

Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.